No team has defended its Premier League title since 2009, when Manchester United followed their 2007-08 domestic triumph with a repeat in 2008-09. Given that trend, it should perhaps come as little surprise that reigning champions Chelsea have struggled to follow last season's success early in the 2015-16 campaign.
That said, the sheer ineptitude of some of Chelsea's play has stunned supporters of the club and neutral observers in equal measure. The reasons for their slump have already been debated...
Chelsea have completed the signing of young centre-back Michael Hector from Reading and have loaned him back to the Championship club for the 2015-16 season.
Hector, 23, signed a five-year-contract at Stamford Bridge having begun his career in the youth team at Millwall and after joining Reading in 2009.
The defender, who...
Islam Feruz has become the 31st player to have been loaned out by Chelsea this summer after the striker signed for Hibernian until the end of the season.
The Blues have shipped out the likes of Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah -- to Juventus and Roma respectively -- on temporary deals, and Feruz, 20, becomes the latest player to join the lengthy list of loanees.